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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 944

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Protest to Rid EPDP from Delft Continues.
Delft, Dec.25: "The protest to rid the Eelam People’s Democratic Party would steadfastly continue. Till they leave we will not give up." The Tamil people of Nedunthievu – Delft, have expressed their determination to continue with their protest until the final departure of the armed and other cadres...
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Report: Naga Rebels, India PM to Meet
New Delhi,(AP), India: In a major step toward ending a five-decade rebellion in northeastern India, the prime minister will meet in New Delhi this week with leaders of the strongest guerrilla faction, a newspaper reported Monday. Leaders of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council...
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Burma bolstering Coco naval set-up
London: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Burma is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities on Great Coco Island, the site of a major signals intelligence facility situated near the strategically important Andaman and Nicobar islands. - PTI -
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Aided by China, Burma bolsters Coco Island force
London, Dec. 25: In a development likely to cause concern to New Delhi, Burma is expanding, with Chinese support, its naval facilities on Great Coco Island, the site of a major signals intelligence facility situated near the strategically important Andaman and Nicobar islands. According to a report...
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That was close. That dog nearly had me.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One day the dog starts chasing butterflies and before long he discovers that he is lost. So, wandering about he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obviou...
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Saddam Hussein Message On The Eve Of Christmas
Baghdad, Iraq News Agency, Dec. 24: President Saddam Hussein has sent a message to all Christians all over the world.The full text of the message given below:- In the name of Allah: The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful Allah has decreed: "It is I and My Messengers who must prevail": for Alla...
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Pistol fire injures two civilians
Batticaloa Dec. 25An unidentified group had fired at a group of civilians using a pistol who had been on push bicycles in the general area of Aryamapathi about 7.5 km south of Batticaloa on 24 December around 7.00 pm. This group of civilians had been identified as Seenithambi Udayaraj (29), Thambi...
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Christmas Day Message - President Chandrika Bandaranaike
"The Bible records for us that about seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ on the first Christmas day, the prophet Isaiah foretold of his virgin birth and named him the Prince of Peace," stated Chandrika Bandaranaike in her Christmas message to the Christians of Sri Lanka. The full t...
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Dont like the pipeline? Then dont re-elect me.
Bangkok, Dec. 26: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra raised the stakes in the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline controversy yesterday by vowing not to change his stand on the issue - and saying "don't re-elect me'' if he is wrong. "If I am wrong, then don't re-elect me. Be patient for two more years," Th...
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BOTwants to see sustained economic growth next year
Bangkok, Dec 25 (TNA): Bank of Thailand’s Governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday reiterated the central bank would try to closely monitor the country’s economic condition to ensure its sustained growth next year. He said the overall picture of investment, consumption and production had impr...
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China: Release of Xu Wenli Not Enough - Human Rights watch.
The December 24 release of Chinese democracy advocate Xu Wenli is welcome, but many thousands still remain unjustly imprisoned in China, Human Rights Watch said today. Xu Wenli, who spent a total of 16 years in Chinese prisons, was sentenced most recently in December 1998 to a 13-year term for his...
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Myanmar opposition accuses authorities of further interference
Yangon, Myanmar (AP) Dec 23-24: - Military authorities in northwestern Myanmar allowed thousands to gather for a visit by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the weekend — but according to her party, wouldn't let the crowd hear her speak. Some 5,000 supporters congregated on Saturday in Taungup...
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Myanmar court rejects appeal by former dictator relatives
Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Dec. 24: Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences handed down by a court against relatives of the late former dictator Ne Win for attempting to overthrow the government, officials and lawyers said. The nation's highest court rejected appeals by Ne Win...
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Preventing LTTE from smuggling in arms: Top Indo-Lanka naval talks this week
The Island:High level Indo-Lanka naval talks on a range of issues, particularly enhanced co-operation between the two navies as a part of the strategy to prevent the LTTE from bringing in fresh consignments of armaments will take place in India this week, defence sources said. Navy chief Vice Admir...
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Opp. renews call for parliamentary committee on MoU
The Island: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent admission that there were flaws in the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement has prompted the opposition to renew a call to set up a parliamentary committee with a mandate to assess its implementation. In March this year, the premier accepte...
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Jayalath wants Maheswaran disciplined
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Rehabilitation Minister Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena has urged the UNP leadership to discipline Hindu Affairs Minister T. Maheswaran for ridiculing him in parliament early this month. "I do not want to fight with him but expect the leadership to warn him," he told Th...
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Govt-controlled Kalmunai cleared of LTTE Boards — John
by Norman Palihawadana The Island: All Mediation Boards operated by the LTTE in state controlled areas in Kalmunai have been dismantled, Interior Minister John Amaratunga said yesterday. He said these boards were shut down by the LTTE on a request made by him. The minister added that he directed...
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President’s children return home
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s children — Yashodhara and Vimukthi — returned home for Christmas holidays, an aide to the President said. The President did not give too many appointments over the past few days as she wants to spend time with them. They went out of Colombo this week,...
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Prayer in bethlehem: send more tourists
Bethlehem (West Bank): The baby Jesus figurines are stacking up on a table at a workshop here, unsold and not even completely carved. Why bother? asked William Khano, who has been carving biblical figures from olive wood for 35 of his 47 years. There are few tourists to buy them anyway. "There is...
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Tamil Nadu Government should contain their fishermen within the Indian Territorial waters.
By K.T.Rajasingham Tamil Nadu fishermen should stop straying into the Sri Lankan territorial waters. The Indian High Commission in Colombo should consider advising the Tamil Nadu state Government to request the fishermen not to stray into the Sri Lankan territorial waters. The Tamil Nadu Government...
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